Hong Kong ex-lawmaker jailed for revealing police graft probe

26/1/2022 8:01:00 PM

Hong Kong ex-lawmaker jailed for revealing police graft probe

Lam Cheuk Ting was found guilty of three counts of revealing that Superintendent Yau Nai Keung was being investigated by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).Lam, who pleaded not guilty, said he would appeal and told the court he had"no regret about going on trial", according to local media.

became a watershed moment during the 2019 protests.After a search, Yau told reporters that no arrest was made and that he saw no one carrying weapons.Three months after the Yuen Long attack, Yau was assigned to lead the police's investigation into the incident.

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sg/wAtt HONG KONG (AFP) - A former Hong Kong lawmaker was jailed on Wednesday (Jan 26) for exposing an anti-graft probe into a senior police officer's handling of Lam Cheuk Ting was found guilty of three counts of revealing that Superintendent Yau Nai Keung was being investigated by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). Hong Kong law forbids revealing the identity of anyone being probed by the anti-corruption watchdog. The most likely scenario for Hong Kong's exit from its isolation is to wait for China to finish developing a powerful messenger RNA vaccine and immunise its 1. Magistrate Jacky Ip handed Lam four months in jail, ruling that he jeopardised an investigation and public security. The block where the virus was first discovered is already under lockdown, which will now be extended from five to seven days. Lam, who pleaded not guilty, said he would appeal and told the court he had"no regret about going on trial", according to local media. A reopening could then happen late next year or in early 2024, the document said according to Bloomberg's report on Wednesday (Jan 26), adding that companies should prepare for Hong Kong to remain"semi-closed" to international travel. Yau was a police commander in Yuen Long - an area near mainland China - when a group of men attacked democracy protesters returning from rallies. People need to understand and feel my feelings," Lam told a weekly press conference.

Live footage of the white t-shirt dressed mob beating people in a train station - combined with the police's response - became a watershed moment during the 2019 protests. That would make Hong Kong less diverse and less appealing to international firms, and eventually limit its potential to contribute to China's economy, the report said, adding that global companies should plan to have regional offices in other Asian cities instead of the Chinese city. Compulsory testing has been ordered on people who reside in or visited buildings where the virus was detected. Lam was among those wounded in the bloody chaos. Yau led a team of police officers into a village next to the train station where many of the white-clad men were filmed retreating. The draft said the report consolidated insights from"a few sessions organised with different parties" over the past few months, without providing further details on the information used to formulate its scenarios. After a search, Yau told reporters that no arrest was made and that he saw no one carrying weapons. Lam also criticized one of her senior Cabinet members, Home Affairs Secretary Casper Tsui, who was among several government officials suspended from duty and ordered into quarantine after they attended a birthday party where two guests later tested positive for the coronavirus . The police's response further hammered public trust in the force and fuelled accusations of police-triad collusion. The warning comes as Hong Kong imposes near-lockdown conditions and bans flights from eight places, including the US and UK, to fight an Omicron outbreak. Microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung, one of Lam's top COVID-19 advisors known in Hong Kong for wearing face masks shaped like a duck beak, was quoted by local media on Monday as saying"when we are experts or leaders, we must set examples ourselves".

Police said their officers were busy dealing with large-scale protests elsewhere and denied any suggestion of collusion. They have since recast that night's incident as a fight between evenly matched opposing sides. Flight bans and mandates of up to 21 days in quarantine for travellers have stranded high-ranking financial executives outside the city and made it harder for global firms to hire top talent. An international center of finance and trade, the city has a prominent expatriate population, some of whom are beginning to chafe at the travel controls and other restrictions. Three months after the Yuen Long attack, Yau was assigned to lead the police's investigation into the incident. Remote video URL Hong Kong triads in the spotlight after Yuen Long attack: Who are they? In response, Lam disclosed the ICAC investigation into Yau"out of consideration of public interest". Then the city would have to wait for China to control the outbreak, or abandon the zero-tolerance approach and begin reopening on its own. "I would rather ring the bell too loud than to leave it inaudible to anyone," he told the court. Related:.

Before he became an opposition lawmaker, Lam used to be an ICAC investigator himself. In another possible outcome, Hong Kong itself could experience an uncontrolled outbreak, with the government responding by imposing severe restrictions surpassing those the city has seen thus far. An ICAC officer summoned to the witness stand during the trial confirmed there had been an investigation. But Yau has never been arrested or charged and it is unclear whether the probe is ongoing. That scenario could result in as many as 20,000 deaths among Hong Kong's elderly, the report said, since vaccination rates among seniors are much lower than the rest of the population. Critics and rights groups said Hong Kong police routinely used excessive force during the 2019 protests. Hong Kong police moving back protesters and clearing obstacles along Nathan Road in Mong Kok in 2019. China would then continue with its internal focus and Hong Kong would become a"collateral casualty" stuck between its dependency on the mainland and its role as an international city.

PHOTO: ST FILE Hong Kong's police watchdog exonerated the force and no officers have lost their jobs over the handling of the unrest. In July last year, a Hong Kong court . With travel curbs likely to last for the next one to three years, businesses need to focus on retaining talented and skilled workers, the report recommended.